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Stouts and Porters Along With Other October Treats

Stouts and Porters Along With Other October Treats

October 2, 2017| Categories: Beer Tasting, Events, News, Published Articles

I KNOW IT DOESN’T SEEM LIKE IT, BUT IT’S GOING TO BE COLD OUTSIDE BEFORE WE KNOW IT. AND THERE’S NOTHING BETTER ON A COLD VERMONT EVENING THAN CURLING UP BY THE FIRE WITH A GOOD BOOK AND A GLASS OF STOUT OR PORTER!

But what’s the difference between these two styles of beer? I like to turn to Randy Mosher who wrote: “Think you know what a porter is? Me neither. Studying the history of porter is like staring into the multidimensional universe of theoretical cosmology, with multiple shifting parallel worlds constantly warping and shifting with the flow of time. The more you try to pin it down, the more it wriggles free and becomes something unexpectedly different. Naturally, this makes for much fun.” ~ Randy Mosher, Tasting Beer.

…um, what?

Really, what he’s saying is that there’s no easy way to separate Porters from Stouts. They essentially are on a spectrum and are related to each other. It gets confusing because some modern Stouts are light like Porters and some Porters are stronger than Stouts.

SO FOR THE MONTH OF OCTOBER, WE’LL BE HIGHLIGHTING DIFFERENT DARK ALES THAT WE FIND TO BE EXCELLENT COMPANIONS THIS TIME OF YEAR. WE HOPE YOU ENJOY!

NORTH COAST (Fort Bragg, CA) – OLD RASPUTIN Russian Imperial Stout – Produced in the tradition of 18th Century English brewers who supplied the court of Russia’s Catherine the Great, Old Rasputin seems to develop a cult following wherever it goes. It’s a rich, intense brew with big complex flavors and a warming finish. 9% ABV, 75 IBUs. Did you know? The Old Rasputin brand image is a drawing of Rasputin with a phrase in Russian encircling it—A sincere friend is not born instantly. (How hard it is to make and keep a good friend. –”Jericho,” Joni Mitchell) Old Rasputin garners a PERFECT 100 on RateBeer.com!

ROGUE (Newport, OR) – Just in time for Halloween displays, we’re restocked on DEAD GUY ALE six packs and bombers! An ale inspired by the style of a German Maibock, brewed using our proprietary Pacman yeast, Dead Guy Ale is deep honey in color with a malty aroma, rich hearty flavor and a well balanced finish. “Deep reddish amber hue. Generous toasty malt aromas and earthy hops follow through on a moderately full-bodied palate with fruity accents and a long spicy hop finish. A delicious hybrid style with bock-like maltiness but ale-like hopping.” –World Beer Championship Judges. And if you’re throwing an on-premise Halloween party, we’ve got draft back in stock, too!

DROP-IN BREWING (Middlebury, VT) – PORTER –This is a full-bodied, smooth, drinkable porter. As with all of our beers here at Drop-In, it’s all about balance which leads to drinkability. Porters arguably became the first mass-produced commercial beer style in London beginning in the late 18th century . The style was still at its height during the Industrial Revolution and breweries rapidly took advantage of all the new innovations; steam engines were used in the porter breweries mere months after the technology was patented. We used Maris Otter barley malt, chocolate malt, and crystal malt to get the color, flavor, and body we wanted. We also added some Golden Naked Oats which add to the body of the beer. We hopped it with Whitbread Golding and Cascade hops which provide a depth and earthiness to compliment the roasty caramel and chocolate malt flavors. With notes of coffee and chocolate, and a full body, this a perfect beer for the fall season. Food pairing suggestions: Gruyère, triple cream, washed-rind cheeses, mellow blue cheeses, Venison sausage and stew, grilled steaks and burgers, shepherd’s pie, and chocolate, chocolate, chocolate: Mousse, soufflé, cake!  And we know it’s not a “dark” beer per se, but we’d like to also mention that we now have RED DWARF . #BeerWorthFinding

STONY CREEK (Branford, CT) – STONY JOE – Now can an open mind about this one… We know it’s not technically a “dark” ale, but if you close you eyes and take a sip, we think you’ll agree that it’s a stout! “Stony Joe is a Golden Mocha Stout. It is designed like a traditional Milk Stout but without using the typical roasted dark malts. Instead we use a boat load of rich, decadent golden colored English barley, flaked barley, flaked oats, and flaked wheat to give it lush body and smooth sweetness. We then ferment it on Cocoa Nibs and add fresh locally roasted Guatemalan Coffee, directly to the fermenter. The cocoa nibs and coffee add the rich mocha notes and bright roasty/coffee aroma you might typically find in a stout. We are excited to partner with Redding Roasters Coffee Company of Bethel, CT on this mind bending beer.” 5.5% ABV.

Also, we just received a fresh shipment of other Stony Creek brews. (Please forgive us as these aren’t part of the dark ale theme, but this seemed like the most logical place to include mention of them…)

  • RIPE & CRANKY: ORANGE JUICED – 16oz/6/4 CANS
  • RUFFLED FEATHERS – New England-style IPA – 16oz/6/4 CANS

SMUTTYNOSE

Our New Hampshire friends at Smuttynose are famous for making award-winning dark ales!
ROBUST PORTERDark, Roasty and Mysterious – “Our most award-winning beer, Robust Porter honors the dark, full-bodied ales that were a favorite of dockworkers and warehouse workers (hence the name “Porter”) in 19th century London, where the style originated. It’s a good bet that when Dickens’ Mr. Pickwick sat down for a pint, his beer would have been very similar to our Robust Porter. This smooth, deceptively drinkable beer features an assertive hop profile which accentuates signature flavors of coffee and dark chocolate.”
AWARDS

 

ROCKY ROAD STOUTSmutty’s first dessert stout! – “Remember when you were first introduced to Rocky Road ice cream? Remember how you couldn’t believe some magical genius had mixed those amazing flavors into one ice cream? We sure do. That’s the feeling we’ve recreated with Rocky Road, Smutty’s first dessert stout. An indulgent blend of ooey-gooey Fluff™ amazingness and the rich goodness of cacao nibs are blended into a full bodied sweet, stout beer. Before bottling, we age this elixir on amaretto-soaked oak chips to impart an amazing flavor harmony. Don’t worry if you spill a drop of Rocky Road – we know you’ll lick it right up.” Don’t miss out!

AWARDS

 

Eleanor Leger of Eden Specialty Ciders chats all things cider with the hosts of It’s The Beer Talking podcast. This time, it’s really the cider talking…! “It’s the apples talking!

JUST ARRIVED

THE RIPPER IS BACK!
STONE (Escondido, CA & Richmond, VA) – We just received a fresh shipment of RIPPER PALE ALE. “When it came to creating Ripper, we drew inspiration from the coastal surf cultures of SoCal and Oz. Sourcing classic Cascade from the Pacific Northwest and Australian Galaxy hops from…yes…Australia, we made a beer both lovers of frothy peaks and hoppy green buds will be stoked about. At the same time, we stayed true to our San Diego roots by pushing the hop boundaries of this style. While some might think it lingers on an edge far closer to an IPA, with all the dry-hop flavor and aroma, it’s actually right in line with the current-day interpretation of a West Coast pale. Ours just so happens to have an Aussie accent that’s cascading with a juicy amount of grapefruit and passion fruit hoppiness. So veg out or venture out. Either way, rip one open and taste this awesome golden nectar!” “Highly recommended” from All About Beer Magazine!

Some goodies that just landed in our warehouse…
von TRAPP (Stowe, VT) – HOPPY MÄRZEN – This Amber Lager is dry-hopped with copious amounts of Hüll Melon hops, Mandarina Bavaria hops notes of melon and citrus give this marzen a beautiful aroma while not being overly bitter. 6.4% ABV, 40 IBUs.

STONE (Escondido, CA & Richmond, VA) – Two new treats from Stone just hit the dock: NEAPOLITAN DYNAMITE & VENGEFUL SPIRIT IPA.

  • Neapolitan Dynamite is an Imperial stout brewed with chocolate, vanilla, strawberries and coffee! San Diego may be best known for its hop-forward IPAs, but this county has a long and proud history of stouts, porters and the dark arts. Case in point, the winners of this year’s American Homebrewers Association-sanctioned Stone Homebrew Competition: Paul Bischeri & Patrick Martinez and their champion creation, Neapolitan Dynamite. For our additional collaborator, we enlisted noted Stout Master Derek Gallanosa from Abnormal Beer Company to bring this ice cream sundae of a beer to life in full scale. The result is a rich, decadent beer, with the sweetness of the strawberry and vanilla balanced out by dark chocolate and coffee. 8.5% ABV.
  • Vengeful Spirit is the newest canned IPA from Stone. We’ve often been inspired to brew beers on a theme. In 2007 it was black IPAs. 2008 saw Belgian-influenced IPAs, and more than once it’s been Triple IPAs. It’s been fun to dive deep, and you’ve ridden those waves right along with us. But like you, we also crave new breaks to surf. Right now, it’s tropically-inspired IPAs as represented both by this flavored ale, Stone Tangerine Express IPA and others we’ve got waiting in the wings….With Stone Vengeful Spirit IPA we employ a bit of tropical mythology to pay homage to our ever present gargoyle. Since 1996 he’s had our backs, and yours, by representing an aggressive intolerance for commoditized beer. He constantly inspires us to forge ahead with resolve–even with the omnipresent forces of forceful evil. Vengeful spirits can be awesome when they’re on your side.

LINDEMANS (Belgium) – FARO LAMBIC – Faro is a Flemish classic, served throughout pubs in Brussels but uncommon outside Belgium. Historically, sugar or sugar syrup was sometimes added to young, un-blended Lambic by a bartender – it helped balance the Lambic’s tart acidity – and eventually Lambic brewers began to bottle Faro. Lindemans Faro was first imported to the US in 2010. (Please note that Faro the Belgian beer style has no relation to the grain farro – the similarity in names is coincidental. Lindemans Faro contains no farro.) Fruit and caramel aroma, balanced by subtle complexity and refreshing acidity. The flavor starts sweet, with suggestions of brown sugar or orange marmalade, and finishes with crisp tartness. Food pairing suggestions: A wonderful aperitif; also try Faro with Belgian waffles, tempura, grilled goat cheese and pears, or the classic Belgian pairing: Belgian chocolate. 4.5% ABV.

 

IN THE PRESS

5 Ciders to Sip This Fall

Eden Specialty Ciders Imperial 11° Rosé Cider was featured in Rachael Ray Everyday!

“Straight outta Vermont, this sparkling pink cider blends heirloom apples with red currants, giving it a flavor that’s both tart and fruity. It’s the perfect pick for a festive occasion or a toast.”